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Sony Opened Cross-Play Functionality On PlayStation 4 Towards Fortnite - A New Era Of The Consoles' War
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Sony has announced that cross-play between PlayStation 4 and other platforms is coming to Fortnite. In a statement posted on the PlayStation Blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment said it has "identified a path towards supporting cross-platform features for select third-party content."

1Sony Announcement Of Fortnite Cross-Play Beta

Sony has announced that cross-play between PlayStation 4 and other platforms is coming to Fortnite. In a statement posted on the PlayStation Blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment said it has "identified a path towards supporting cross-platform features for select third-party content." The first of these third-party titles is Fortnite and, starting today, an open beta for Fortnite will allow for "gameplay, progression, and commerce" across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Mac, Android, iOS.



"We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community's continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution," said John Kodera, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment. "We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective."



As previously mentioned, in addition to enabling players across the various platforms Fortnite is available on to play together, progress will be preserved over the different platforms and, more importantly, any purchases and unlocks will also be shared, which is good news for dedicated Fortnite players.



"For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective," Sony's statement continues. "Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players. In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform."



It also notes that this "represents a major policy change" and Sony has said it is "now in the planning process across the organization to support this change." Further details will be provided on specifics regarding the beta timeframe, and what this means for other titles in the future. In the meantime, cross-play in Fortnite on PS4 is live.

2Reasonable Presumption Of Sony's Move

Actually, in front of this breaking news appearance, there are some clues that would be useful to trace back and find out what the original motivation Sony held to make the latest move. Given that the distinctiveness of Fortnite regarding its incomparable popularity and its wide platform openness, Sony began to realize that a closed community is no longer the right direction he had sailed towards all these years. Consoles connectivity is the next gen of the industry with no doubt. And the key part here is, sadly, Sony admitted the console wars all over the years didn't benefit much more to each belligerent in there, on the contrary, indirectly appeased and fostered another formidable adversary - Mobile end while the significant strengths in certain aspects among consoles and PC have been gradually narrowing down.



In a word, Sony is breaking the wall gradually for cross-play functionality. Fortnite is the first hole its hammer crushed, we might not predict precisely what is the next, but gladly knowing there is no option for going back.

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